Hair Braiders Marketing Tip #3. Add on Hair Services. Most hair stylist and Braiders are not aware that they can make money without working behind the chair at the salon. It is not an easy task to work long hours behind the chair. Client after client. Working 8 to 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, year after year. Don’t get me wrong, working behind the chair can be lots of fun, however, it can also be tiresome on your body. Most hairstylist get burnt out between 5 to 10 years.
One of the greatest things about working in the Hair Care Industry is that once you have your Hair Braiding license, you can work just about anywhere in the state that you are licensed in as a Hair Braider creating your own hours. You even have the ability to choose who you would like to perform your hair magic on!
Instead of spending all of your work hours behind the chair, you can break up your days or weeks by going outside of the salon to work on clients hair. Here are a few jobs outside of the salon that will pay you well, however, you have to do your own marketing to lock in these gigs.
Every bride may not have here own personal stylist that may be willing to meet her at the hotel or wedding destination to get the bride ready for her big day. This is your opportunity to gain the Brides business and maybe the Bridesmaids. Offer her a great deal. Also ask if there will be family or friends coming from out of town. They too may be in need of a last minute hair do.
Getting into Fashion Hairdressing might be a little tricky. It’s all about who you know. You have to network to get into this field. If you want to be in the industry you need to get to know as many people as you can, with that said, should be going to fashion events, chamber of commerce events and other networking events to get to know as many people as possible. Present yourself as a professional and have ready examples of your work — via your profolio or blog — you can build the kinds of contacts to help you launch a career in fashion hairdressing. You can also find fashion designers, local magazines or TV stations that might be willing to take on an Hairstylist on an on call basis.
WORKING WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER
Most Photographers have a go to Hair Stylist and/or makeup artist that they can call to help them make there models look their best. It is a must! Google Photographers in your local area, give them a call to see if they could add your name to their list of professional Hair Braiders or Hair Stylist.
OFFERING YOUR SERVICES AT NURSING HOMES
Most senior citizens homes have a hair salon located inside of the facility. Contact the administrator of the home to see if there are any part-time positions. You can also do something kind by asking if its okay to give the ladies a little gift. It can be a flower or maybe a small teddy bear just to show that you care about them. While passing out your gifts at the facility, you may want to give the residents your business card. A few of the elderly ladies may want you to do an in room private service. Please note – you must be a compassionate and patient person if you choose to work with the elderly.
TEACHING A CLASS
In todays society, their are lots of single parents raising daughters. A few of these single men are fathers! You can offer a one day “Daddy & Me class” teaching Fathers how to do 2 simple braid styles. The class should not last longer than 4 hours. Reserve your salon on a closed day, maybe a Sunday. If not the salon then maybe your lounge at your apartment complex or community center. Purchase rubbers bands, a few cute hair clips, refreshments (juice, water & cookies) for your class. At the end of the class the little girls will feel pretty and happy to know that their Dad did their hair!